How to Well, Say, Checkraising in Texas Holdem
The Well-ender

All opener’s like to feel as if they could do but will not quite get the chance to prove it. An enthusiast in blackjack who prefers to remain anonymous says:”I want to get as close to 21 as possible without going over.”It’s a shame the WSOP player didn’t last longer because if he had ended up at the final table of the event he would have gone down fighting.

Winning at blackjack is like doingsoldierly. Some days you lay 19 against pocket 5’s and other days you lay 18 against pocket 4’s. You do not make a tactical decision. You wait for a situation that permits you to do so, and you act accordingly. It does not require more than a 60% possibility of winning and it is not the end-all and be-all of the strategy. Certainly, it should be part of any strategy, because it involves losing a lot of money if you stay at 21 or under and it is well-know that a player with bad handsets has to go for hands with higher cards, in order to remain in the game. Only the idiot, or most inexperienced, player wouldn’t know that.

In a different context the idea of “feeler bet” develops. The bet is not really a bet, but a subtle raising to try and gauge some interest from the players in the pot. When you feel a bet is working you can disappear it with your hand. This gives the impression of being a great deal weaker than you are. It also frustrates very few players into giving up on a hand, thereby reducing your percentage of winning the pot.When you consider your first two cards enter the casino, you reckon you have a hand about which you are not sure. You wish you could take an educated guess. That would be craps. Another opportunities to feel like a great deal stronger is when you are five or six bets into a pot when you have a good half bet in the form of the “Donkey” bet. This bet is designed to draw a free card. You will probably complete your hand on the next street, if you hit the card. Then you can hardly blame the dice for blowing your opportunity to feel mighty, when you have a decent one in the form of the “Donkey” bet. It is a highly effective bluff played only rarely and this is a casino gamblers dream.

There is one slight problem with trying to bluff, and it could be fatal to you. It is called affraid. Affraid is when you are too scared to raise your bet in fear of the reaction you are receiving from the players in the pot. Too many times a player raises a pot bet strong when they feel they are not strong enough to win the hand. This indicates that you could be facing a lot of trouble in the cards. Watch out for the scare card and be sure to match it to your two hole cards.

There is one standard bet size bet in Omaha that doesn’t fit any particular hand. That is the size of the big blind. The big blind is typically equal to the lower betting limit for the lower betting round in the hand. For example, the BB is $15.00. You are in the big blind with 8-9 off suit. Usually you are just called to the pot, unless your hand is something special, such as a set. You may have to play against all of the over cards and should probably fold.

There are a couple of myths that can cause a player to take their hand quite far and effectivelyAffraid. More specifically what I mean is fear of going bust if a player makes a hand. This plays into the hands strategy. If the player is not scared they will more often than not chase their draw and bust. This presents a problem for the player because they have busted themselves out of the pot before they would have gotten there with a hand. The the mediocre player can tell when the scared player is making a move and they should probably fold at that point. But the truly excellent player will be able to sense it and will know when it is time to play some hands.

A perfect example of sizing your proper hand is getting dealt 8-9 off suit. If your opponent is in mid to late position they are going to represent the strength of their hand drawing out a flush to you. That is, they will either bet or raise to try and make you fold your hand. This is a terrible risk. You are probably beat even if you hit your cards and you may not even get paid off. This is why you want to discount the hand in Omaha.

If you are paying say 6 to 10% of your stack in pot odds then you need to have a very good read on your opponent. You are probably facing a mid to high pair. Good math, low risk plays.